Apple Park Flyover imagery, informational data shows up in latest Apple Maps update
Apple in a recent update to its Apple Maps service added satellite and drone imagery, as well as related geolocation tags, covering Apple Park, the company's headquarters that is currently under construction in Cupertino, Calif.
As seen in the screenshot above, Apple Maps now includes image assets and informational POI tags for Apple Park. The additions come just two weeks before Apple employees are scheduled to begin moving into the new campus in early April.
While the mapping service contains both satellite imagery and high-resolution photographs for 3D Flyover views, the assets appear to date back about seven months. Of note, Flyover pictures of the circular "spaceship" structure shows sections of roof with bare HVAC systems, while other portions are covered with newly installed solar panels.
Additionally, the main office building's interior area is full of heavy equipment, roof panels being readied for installation and bare dirt. The courtyard shows no signs of landscaping, an effort that began in October.
Drone video shot in July to August of last year appear to depict roughly the same state of construction progress as seen in Apple Maps.
The new Maps assets, spotted by 9to5Mac on Wednesday, also include destination information, a physical address and building tags, including a data tag for Steve Jobs Theater. As it does for other points of interest, Apple Maps aggregates photos and general information about Apple Park from the internet, in this case user-submitted photos from Wikipedia.
Apple officially assigned the name Apple Park to its second Cupertino campus last month, saying at the time it expects more than 12,000 workers to start making the migration from its current headquarters in April. The move is estimated to take over six months to complete.
Designed in collaboration with architectural firm Foster + Partners, Apple Park replaces 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grass, local vegetation and intelligently designed buildings powered by sustainable energy sources. Construction is far from finished, but once the job is done, employees will be able to take advantage of walking and running paths in a parklands area, as well as an orchard, meadow and pond located within the ring's interior.